Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Students
Employers in academia and industry are looking for far more than classroom knowledge and research lab experience today. Gone are the days you can wait until your final year to prepare for your career. To be competitive today, you are expected to have published peer-reviewed journals, secured grants, engaged in leadership development, participated in community outreach, and gained valuable communication and presentation skills. YOU NEED TO STAND OUT.
At the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, we believe your professional development is essential to your success. In fact, we have a full time staff member dedicated to the professional development of graduate students and to making impactful connections with industry partners for the mutual benefit of our graduate students, partners and program. Below you'll find more details in the following areas of professional development:
- Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Professional Development Courses and Programs
- On Campus Resources
- Student Organizations, Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities at Purdue
- Career Opportunities
- Conference Travel Funding
This program provides formal training in innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of biomedical technology. Participants gain insight into the process of taking medical technology from design to implementation and commercialization.
BME Research Seminar Series
Instructors of weekly seminars in biomedical engineering host faculty from the larger biomedical engineering community to present cutting-edge research.
BME Summer Seminar Series
This seminar series is a chance for students to refine presentation skills and to address critical questions that may be raised by audience members.
BMEGSA Research Symposium
This is an annual event sponsored by the graduate student organization. The day agenda features presentations by senior graduate students, poster session, career panel, networking lunch and keynote speakers.
Grant Writing Course for Nationally-Funded Fellowships
Leadership and Impact in Engineering course provides hands-on experience and mentoring to students as they prepare to apply for nationally funded fellowships like the NSF and NIH.
Graduate School Incentive Grant -Receive $500 for simply applying to eligible fellowships
Graduate students have many opportunities to learn about industry, academia, career development and entrepreneurship during meal-time workshops. Some examples of these workshops are: Networking at a Conference, Landing your Dream Job, Being your Best You: Managing your Personal Brand and Building a Stellar LinkedIn Profile just to name a few.
Summer Start-up Series
During the summer months, we invite start-up companies and investment companies to speak about topics that are relevant to young entreprenuers. Some of the topics discussed are lessons learned, marketing, funding support and patent licensing. Each of the seminars is then followed by a small group lunch to further explore more specific questions from our presenters.
Center for Career Opportunities
Helps students prepare for all aspects of career planning and job search including job listings, resume critiquing and mock interview services.
Graduate Student Professional Development
The Graduate School offers services, courses and programs to help students reach academic, professional and career goals.
Purdue Graduate Student Government: Professional Grants
The PGSG offers grants to assist students with costs associated with their academic and professional development. These grants are for items such as journal publishing fees, printing posters, cost of special courses etc.
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)
A program developed to ensure an environment of research integrity.
Technology Realization/ Entrepreneurship Programs
Want to learn more about patents, licensing and building a technology start-up company? This seminar course series is focused on the discussion of pertinent issues related to technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
Purdue's award winning Writing Lab offers over 200 free resources including writing and teaching, research, ESL (English as a Second Language), grammar and mechanics, job search, and professional writing assistance.
Students who engage in leadership and community outreach activities better understand themselves, learn the impact of social issues, and will learn to lead with compassion and critical thinking skills.
MyIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool offered through Science Careers tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.
Identify pathways to careers in academia, industry, clinical medicine, and policy & government and discover what they really have to offer.
Students join a LinkedIn sub-group hosted by the Weldon School for online discussion and interaction with fellow grad student and industry partners. Training is provided in the development of stellar LinkedIn profiles.
Bourland Travel Award
Fall application deadline: 2nd Friday in August
Spring application deadline: 2nd Friday in January
College of Engineering Travel Funds for PhD Candidates
You can apply for these funds anytime throughout the year.
College of Engineering Supplemental Travel Award for NSF fellows
Provides instructions on how NSF Fellows can receive up to $500 in matching funds from the College to travel to conferences each year of the fellowship. Please refer to linked instructions above for use of the following required forms: